“Forget one detail and everyone treats you like an idiot”
Television journalist extraordinaire Bridget Jones has a new romance with “sex god and human rights lawyer” Mark Darcy, played again by Colin Firth, which anchors a continuing story full of new personal challenges in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
This installment, based on Helen Fielding’s book, takes place weeks after the previous film Bridget Jones’s Dairy and ends on December 31.
Bridget, well played by Renee Zellweger, still has plenty to write about, but this film has enough originality and charm to stand strong on its own.
Gemma Jones and Jim Broadbent return in smaller roles as Bridget’s parents and Australian Jacinda Barrett (“Ladder 49”) plays one of Mark’s co-workers, Rebecca.
Male playboy Daniel Cleaver, played by Hugh Grant, returns for some great comedic moments as host of the new “Smooth Guy” travel show. “New York City…where Sex & the City isn’t just a show, it’s a promise,” he says during one of his shows.
The globetrotting plot, written by four screenwriters, doesn’t make it to New York, but incorporates a funny then serious skiing trip and a fiasco in Thailand.
Bridget’s adventures help her shed more insecurities while providing some nice comedy with an emotional touch, particularly the “jellyfish”, “wobbly bits” and telephone scenes.
She can contend with the family gatherings and gaudy jumpers (this time with snowmen and scarves) because her romantic bliss sustains her. “Lord and Lady Darcy,” she squeals with delight. “…I’m a love piraya no more.”
Eventually she weakens under scrutiny and self-imposed demands to impress Mark’s sophisticated co-workers.
Her friends don’t get much screen time, but have enough opportunity to fill her head with scenarios and dangers. Still, they also support her after several revelations and a surprising climax.
Another great Bridget soundtrack includes songs/remakes from Mary J. Blige, Joss Stone, Sting/Annie Lennox, Robbie Williams, Rufus Wainwright/Dido and newcomer Will Young.
A strong, recommended (***out of four stars) film with plenty of comedy, romance and drama. Rated R for language, adult themes, sexuality, and drug references.
Will Bridget Jones: Guide to Life or “sobrevivire” be next? There’s a slim chance. Zellweger and Grant are taking well deserved hiatuses from acting (Grant’s may be permanent), but the ending does leave the door open.
Copyright © Michael Siebenaler